4 Tips For Getting Re-booked When You MC a Club…

At the MC level most comics are in the same range of “funny” so the managers are often booking based on other factors.  They want someone who is low maintenance.  If you cause extra stress, no matter how funny you are, you’re hurting your chances of future work.  Here’s how to stay low-maintenance:

  1. Stick to your time.  Doing more than your allotted time to prove that you have enough minutes to feature actually hurts your chances of ever being promoted.  Not once has a manager thought, “Wow, I gotta give this new emcee a bigger portion of the show!”
  2. Don’t abuse club privileges. You can probably comp some people, but do that well enough ahead of time, not during the rush of seating.  If your friends miss out, that’s on them.  Also, don’t burn the club on free food and drinks.  Keep your orders low-budget and simple, and also avoid ordering during the rush. You can explore the dinner menu and top shelf liquors more when you’re a headliner (although most of them know better too).
  3. Do the announcements right. You being funny helps people have a good time and want to come back, but honestly, there are two other comics who are there for that. The way you increase business is by promoting what the clubs tells you to promote in the announcements.
  4. Stay out of the way and don’t annoy the other comics.  Remember, these other comics have probably known the manager for years. Be a listener instead of blabbing about your experiences.  Before and after the show, stay out of the way, but make sure you’re not hard to find in case the manager needs to tell you something.

The largest chapter of my book, Don’t Wear Shorts on Stage, covers the very important role of emceeing and finally getting paid to perform.  If you’re interested in progressing through the ranks and earning money performing comedy, order a copy on Amazon, Kindle, Nook, iBooks, etc.

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About Rob Durham

With an English Degree, three years as a doorman at the Columbus Funnybone, over a decade of stand-up experience, and a recent certification in teaching high school English class, writing a book seemed like the next inevitable step for Rob Durham. The son of a coach, Rob has an excellent ability to teach and explain things in the easiest and most direct way possible. His (often labeled ridiculous) memory allows him to think of every possible situation that a new comic might face because at one point he was there too. Rob gives an inside look at comedy that doesn’t sugarcoat the challenges every performer faces. Without ego and the myth that “anyone can do it” Rob gives the reader a true feel of what living the so-called dream feels like, from preparing for that first open mic night to touring the country. View all posts by Rob Durham

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